Recruitment of iWorkers Management Firm for the iHuzo Project Job at Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR – Career Opportunity in Rwanda

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Vacancy title:
Recruitment of iWorkers Management Firm for the iHuzo Project

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR

Deadline of this Job:
29 April 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Rwanda , Kigali , East Africa

Date Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Recruitment of iWorkers Management Firm for the iHuzo Project
Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) is a Rwandan Not for Profit Organization, established in March 2010 by the governments of Rwanda and the United Kingdom (UK) and is currently funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) former UK Department for International Development (DFID), MasterCard Foundation, USAID and Sweden. Guided by the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach, AFR’s strategic focus is to stimulate financial sector development and address constraints that prevent the financial market from reaching Rwanda’s low-income population. AFR supports the Government of Rwanda’s development objectives by aligning all its interventions to the national policy frameworks, including the Financial Sector Development Program (FSDP) II, the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS), the National Employment Policy, and the National Investment Strategy. .

As part of its COVID-19 response initiatives, AFR partnered with Rwanda ICT Chamber through the iHuzo Project to accelerate micro and small enterprises’ growth by expanding Rwanda’s e-commerce sector.
The Rwanda ICT Chamber is a member-based organization representing country-based ICT companies and the broader business community as part of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF). The Rwanda ICT Chamber represents more than 214 fee-paying member companies and more than 100 non-fees paying through its innovation and incubation programs. Many of these businesses are at different growth stages: start-ups, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Corporations. The Rwandan ICT Chamber offers to its member companies a wide range of tailored services, including access to markets, advocacy, access to finance, skills development, and many more.
High-level overview of iHuzo Project
The impact of COVID-19 on the Rwandan economy has been significant. The GoR, development partners, and other stakeholders continue implementing several initiatives to cushion the pandemic’s effects and jumpstart the economic recovery process. These initiatives aim to support the recovery of the business hardest hit by COVID-19, including Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, and address other urgent needs brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Considering the pandemic, it has become clear that the value propositions of digital adoption and digital commerce are higher for society at large, by providing continuity of essential services and goods and by offering contactless, cashless transactions.

AFR in collaboration with the ICT Chamber had identified the need for interventions that would speed up digital adoption and support productive livelihoods for young adults through digital commerce amid the response to the global pandemic and part of an existing national ICT growth strategy. AFR initiated the project: iHuzo (Accelerating growth of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) through expanding the e-commerce sector in Rwanda) with ICT Chamber as on-ground implementing partner and BFA Global offering technical assistance for the project.

The overall aim of the intervention is to spur the growth of livelihoods and employment opportunities through e-commerce, to address the barriers, and promote an enabling market system for e-commerce with onboarding MSEs into the digital economy at the core.

Specific project objectives include:
• Onboarding up to 1,500 non-digital local MSE businesses into e-commerce and digital commerce platforms
• Establish network of at least 100 e-commerce specific centers or cafes to support MSES to onboard onto e-commerce and digital commerce platforms to employ youths as iWorkers (see the iWorker definition below).
• Increase trust and quality in marketplace by addressing challenges of matching, reputation management, information that foster iWorkers employment generation.
• Enhance public-private dialog between government and the private sector to align priorities and address market gaps.
• Create linkages and partnerships with lenders willing to test alternative methods of credit assessment and other development programs promoting the growth of MSEs.

Purpose of the Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to Recruit, Manage, and Monitor 200 iWorkers who will facilitate onboarding of MSEs on e-commerce and other digital platforms as part of the implementation of the iHuzo project which aims at accelerating the growth of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) through expanding the e-commerce sector in Rwanda.

Expected Deliverables
At the end of the assignment, the following should be available:
Two weeks after signing of agreement, the firm should provide:
• Inception Report including recruitment process and selection criteria, standard operating procedures for management of iWorkers, onboarding training provided, and tools provided to iWorkers.
Monthly progress deliverables:
• Monthly report of MSEs onboarded on different digital platforms. The report should capture iWorkers key information as well as other key MSE indicators.
At the end of the assignment:
• Full report on iWorkers performance including the total number of businesses onboarded and actively transacting online.
• iWorkers success story on project impact including new sources of income through digital channels.

Education Requirement: No Requirements

Job Experience: No Requirements

Work Hours: 8


Job application procedure
All interested and qualified firms should submit their proposals (both Technical and Financial) separately, marked with clear subject line: “Recruitment of iWorkers Management Firm for the iHuzo Project” to [email protected] ; not later than Thursday 29th April 2021 at 05:00 pm Central African Time (CAT).